ICYMI: the people (AKA our devoted Instagram followers) have spoken, and spiked seltzer was crowned the official champion of Brokaw’s Best Year Ever. That tournament has us reminiscing about 2019, but we figured—why stop there?
Journey with us through time and space to revisit the top ads of the 2010s:
2010: With an appeal to ladies, gentlemen, and horse lovers alike, Isaiah Mustafa starred as the man your man could smell like for Old Spice. Good luck getting that penny whistle out of your head!
2011: A universal truth: this Volkswagen spot, featuring a mini Darth using The Force, is some of the most impressive helmet acting to date. It also marked the last time everyone agreed on something “Star Wars” related.
2012: Of course this Pepsi Max commercial was much more fun to watch when Kyrie Irving was a Cav, but we’re including it here to show we’re not bitter! Nope, not at all.
2013: These four words brought us limitless joy. I shipped my pants.
2014: American Greetings held interviews for a fake job position to highlight the hardest working people in the world. (Really makes you regret giving her another mug this year, huh?)
2015: Puppy break!
2016: All those ugly Christmas sweater parties have probably left your eyes bleeding, so treat them to this stylish H&M holiday short directed by Wes Anderson.
2017: Burger King’s ads were literal fire, and ushered in a new era of BK flaming the competition.
2018: KFC shared their feelings about the UK chicken shortage and proved you only need three letters for a four-letter word.
2019: Peloton’s The Gift provided a nuanced portrait of a #goals-worthy relationship. Haha, just kidding. This year’s best was Nike’s chills-inducing rally cry celebrating the USWNT’s wins on and off the field. If it doesn’t make you want to run through a brick wall straight into 2020, we don’t know what will.
So that concludes this wrap-up list, curated specifically (exclusively?) for our favorite kind of people: those who subscribe to an advertising agency’s weekly newsletter. Happy holidays, from our office to yours.
Have a landmark weekend, everybody!
—Your looking back, looking forward friends at Brokaw